Innovative Platforms

February 24, 2019

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Digital technologies give rise to a variety of platforms. Uber matches drivers and riders. iTunes makes apps available for iPhone users.

For this assignment, please identify companies/organizations that you think have an innovative platform. Why are they innovative? Discuss the function of the platform, two or three interesting elements of the platform, and highlight the value creation of the platform. If you have room, feel free to make observations about aspects of the value capture strategy, but do not make it central.

Create an approximately 500-600 word post to make your contribution by Sunday, February 24 at 8 p.m.

Please also respond to and comment on three other posts per module. Your comments are due Monday, February 25, at 10 a.m. Feel free to use graphics, data, videos and links to other sites to corroborate your points.

Selected posts will be discussed in class and also featured on the HBS Digital Initiative website.

Please prepare a 2-3 min summary of your blog post before Monday’s class.

Submitted (39)

Collaboration not Competition: Shopify’s eCommerce Platform
Posted on February 17, 2019 at 2:40 pm
Three key features of Shopify's eCommerce platform are mutually reinforcing and create strong network effects for the company. In addition to driving growth for both Shopify and its merchants, these features also enable Shopify to collaborate with other players in [...]
EdX: The Path to Learn for Career
Ge Li
Last modified on February 24, 2019 at 1:26 am
When Harvard and MIT team up with Google, would you still be interested in quitting your full-time job to pursue an advanced degree?
VIPKid – “Ubernization” in EdTech
Li C
Last modified on February 24, 2019 at 10:36 pm
Uber matches drivers and riders. An EdTech startup matches students in China with English teachers in North America via its live streaming platform.
Strava: Out Running the Competition?
Last modified on February 23, 2019 at 8:04 am
Founded in 2009 as an app for only the most serious athletes, Strava has grown to become the number one app for runners and cyclists by building a multi-sided fitness platform.
Posted on February 21, 2019 at 11:00 am
Plaid's two-sided transaction platform
TikTok: A Viral App Among Teenagers
Wendy Chiang
Posted on February 22, 2019 at 1:37 am
TikTok's special algorithms that allow everyone potentially to be famous and its easy-to-make videos features make it go viral among teenagers - just like its videos on the platform. And, It is still rapidly growing all around the world.
Running out of Steam?
Posted on February 24, 2019 at 2:13 pm
Steam has generated immense of amount of value for gamers and video game developers. Could capturing too much of that value lead to its downfall?
Android, Not Just an Operating System
Noga Ratner
Last modified on February 18, 2019 at 11:43 am
With over 2 billion monthly active users in 2017, Android is the largest mobile operating system in the world. But far beyond that, Google’s Android has managed to become one of the most innovative platforms worldwide.
Do you TikTok? The world does!!
Gaurav Chawla
Last modified on February 25, 2019 at 9:31 am
2018’s most downloaded app in the US and Europe with roots in China, TikTok is on its way to break all barriers to become a truly global app using AI and machine learning to engage the users around the world. [...]
Rappi: Creating value across 3 dimensions
Daniela Izquierdo
Posted on February 23, 2019 at 5:09 pm
In Colombia the startup Rappi has set its mission to become the everything store of Latin America. Rappi, unlike Amazon, focuses on instant deliveries. Like Amazon they want to have a wide variety of products and services. Currently they will [...]
Rent the Runway and the Future of Retail
Gina Ciancone
Posted on February 25, 2019 at 2:39 am
Rent the Runway continues to challenge the need of brick-and-mortar retail stores by providing a compelling and accessible online platform to rent high-end women’s fashion for work, evening, and any event in between.